Turkey

Hotels in Turkey

As travel to Turkey has boomed in recent years, so too has the number of upscale hotels in Turkey. In Istanbul alone, the luxury accommodation choices include classics like the Jumeriah Pera Palace, a designated "museum hotel" for its vast in-house collection, and the Ciragan Palace, a Kempinski hotel set in a former sultan's palace on the banks of the Bosphorus. Four Seasons has two properties in town—one on the water, the other in a former jail—while newer entries include the stunning Shangri-La Hotel Istanbul, set in a prime riverside location near the ferry stops.
In Cappadocia, travelers looking for unique hotels in Turkey will love the cave hotels located inside the historic cave networks that dot the area. A top choice is the Museum Hotel, where rooms and public spaces—including a beautiful pool area, as well as restaurants and lounges—are decorated with museum-quality art, antiques, furnishings and textiles from the owner's private collection. In seaside Bodrum, you'll find another Kempinski option on Barbaros Bay, as well as Amanruya, a peaceful hillside getaway with a beach club, gourmet dining, and renown spa.

The 95 rooms on a steep hill with views of the bay have either ground-floor terraces or sunny balconies.

Room to Book: Corner rooms have balconies looking over the Bodrum Bay.

Doubles from $390.

The W doesn’t have staff, it has insiders (that’s really the title on their business cards). Flanked by designer boutiques and minutes away from the Dolmabahçe Palace, the W’s décor—aquamarine lighting, gleaming chrome, slick surfaces—is equal parts neo-Ottoman and neo–Stanley Kubrick.

Contemporary hilltop hotel in a residential quarter behind the Dolmabahçe Palace, with Istanbul's largest spa.

Room to Book: The Corner rooms with a commanding view of the Bosphorus.

To convert a 19th-century Istanbul distillery into a boutique hotel, owner-architects Mark and Nedret Butler looked to the Bosporus for inspiration.

An aquarium occupies an entire lobby wall at Edition Istanbul. But that’s only one of the design flourishes—silver-foil ceilings; glassed-in bathrooms—that send the 78-room hotel over the top.

22 rustic-chic rooms in the shadow of a Byzantine fortress.

Built in the style of a seaman's manor, the hotel evokes the town's quaint traditional architecture with its stone walls and an olive tree–shaded courtyard. But the real treat is the attentive staff, known to leave flowers on your balcony.

Adjacent to the Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul, and nearly as costly, this Four Seasons property is as elegantly restrained as the Kempinski is glamorously over-the-top.

The modern interiors created by Turkish firm Autoban are attracting design aficionados to the new 17-room hotel. Laser-cut floral motifs, reflective subway tiles, and unusual furnishings (like a pumpkin coffee table) add whimsy to the loftlike 600-square-foot rooms.

Equally close to Sultanahmet’s major tourist sites as the Four Seasons, this boutique hotel is both quirkily charming and easy on the wallet.

Visitors to Sultanahmet might believe Mavi Ev (blue house) had absorbed its color from the adjacent Blue Mosque. Although the 26-room guest house is decorated in traditional Ottoman tiles, carpets, and stained glass, it includes most modern amenities.

Manzara means “view,” and that’s just what you’ll get at most of these 50 short-term-rental apartments, which occupy several different buildings scattered around Galata and Cihangir.